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FILM REVIEW: The Hate U Give

November 27, 2018

George Tillman Jr, Audrey Wells, The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, book, Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Algee Smith, Issa Rae, Common, Anthony Mackie, Black Lives Matter,

Directed by George Tillman Jr. and written by Audrey Wells The Hate U Give is based on Angie Thomas‘ book of the same name. Inspired by the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant in 2009, Angie Thomas penned the book as a short story. Following on from the multiple unarmed shootings of black men that followed thereafter, the short story became a novel before being adapted into this feature length movie. The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, and Anthony Mackie.

 

 

The Hate U Give sets the scene through the life of a young teenager, Starr (Amandla Stenberg) who lives in two worlds – the ‘hood’- a poor, mostly black, violent neighbourhood and the other being her ‘safe, privileged school’ environment in the white neighbourhood. The film seeks to provoke strong messages around subject matters popular in current culture –  hate against skin colour, police reactions to shoot black people out of fear / racist attitudes, the innocent victims of such shootings and the reactions from black society needing to fight for their rights.

George Tillman Jr, Audrey Wells, The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, book, Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Algee Smith, Issa Rae, Common, Anthony Mackie, Black Lives Matter,

The movie also narrates Starr’s past experience witnessing a shooting incident at younger age. (Her best-friend having been shot by a ‘hood’ leader). She didn’t speak up at that time and now faced with a similar situation, she feels that this time she needs to take a stand and make a difference.

At times I felt the pace of the film was dragging – The movie is 2 hours 13 minutes long but a lot of the narrative could have been left out in my opinion. However I was impressed with Starr’s father potrayal in the film. Played by Russell Hornsby, he aptly conveys the role of a strong black father figure, which quite often is missing from Hollywood scripts. In fact the strong black family is a portrayal that we surprisingly see all too infrequent and we should applaud director George Tillman Jr for this depiction.  mould his children’s belief to stand up for themselves and living the ‘good’ life, away from violence.

Twentieth Century Fox’s THE HATE U GIVE

The Hate U Give is an articulate drama made for a modern day audience and I feel it will resonate even more with the millennial generation who are growing up in a world where racial strife is even more evident that it was even 20 years ago.

Other take aways from this film included values of strong parenting / up-bringing and also leading by example for the next generation to be inspired. How children perceive the world and what they are taught are the fundamental aspects how they will interact  with others in society… You give out love, to receive love…

Courtesy of: ‘Farah

 

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